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RIP John Baldessari will not make more boring art

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    (Beethoven’s Trumpet John Baldessari)

  • John Baldessari Radically Influential, Conceptual Artist, Dies at 88 (LA times)

  • Art News obit

    John Baldessari, Fearless Conceptual Artist Who Put Big Ideas Before Pretty Pictures, Is Dead at 88

    Baldessari was frequently asked where he got his ideas, and he often cited art history itself. He was an admirer of art from all periods of art history, and he even named his dogs Goya and Giotto. In a New York Times interview from 2016, he fantasized about an alternate life in which he became a historian who could be called Dr. Baldessari, adding, ā€œI do believe that art comes from art.ā€

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    Baldessari’s Yellow Fin and Tristram

  • Iā€™m at a rare loss of words now that John [Baldessari] is gone. He was literate. He was witty. He was a curmudgeon. But I remember him always having a list of jokes he had heard.ā€ – Lawrence Weiner (thanks to Marian Goodman Gallery)

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  • John Baldessari photographed in his studio in Santa Monica by Larry Sultan

    Posted by Pascal Blanchard on Monday, January 6, 2020

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